Essential business Support for your business when you really need it

As a business owner, we want you to focus on what you do best and that's running your business and to not be involved with protocols and regulations. We give you the time to run your business and we deal with the business issues you may have. The Forum is a national business membership organisation providing you and your business with 24/7 support, advice and protection.

The Forum membership makes 'doing business' easier, keeping you up to date through the ever-evolving maze of legislation and red tape issues.  The comprehensive insurance policy that is available as standard with your Forum membership will protect and support your business against tax investigations, employment and contract disputes, health and safety issues, to name a few.

Whatever the business issue the Forum can help as long as you have followed the advice given from our member helpline. All issues need to be discussed in the first instance to make sure your business is covered for the issue in question.

You will have access to:

  • Free downloadable HR, credit control and health and safety templates to use in your own business day to day
  • Business resources of free to download guides from Marketing to PR to Employment and How to mini guides
  • You will be entitled to 30 days free online use of our cyber risk tool and PR tool.

Forum membership will give your business the advice, support and protection you need as a business owner. Our members are important to us and the Forum will give you complete business protection at your fingertips from just as little as £80* per month.  Join us today.

Celebrating 40 years in business in 2017, we certainly do have the expertise and experience in helping small business owners face all different types of business challenges. The Forum, the democratic voice for small businesses, something that today still remains at the heart of what we do.  It is becoming increasingly clear that government bodies, ministers and MP’s do not fully understand how small businesses work and we, therefore, would like to try and help the government get closer to businesses and ask them to understand the needs small businesses require in order to work profitability.

The Forum of Private Business is encouraging the UK to Get Britain Trading and you can become part of this campaign.

For more information, you can call us on 01565 626001 or if you prefer you can send our membership advisors a message

Note: Content is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. It is recommended that specific professional advice is sought before acting on any of the information given.

Membership Levels (Click to expand):

  • Contact with Forum Membership Advisors
  • Access to our legal partner***
  • Business Advice, Support & Protect
  • Management Liability Insurance**
  • Discounted Company Registration Service
  • Free Sole Trader Guide
  • Free monthly mini guides
  • 150+ customisable templates
  • Regular Forum newsletters
  • Access to Yell.com Business & Marketing Services


  • The Forum Sole Trader Membership is available for businesses that have zero employees. You will enjoy a membership that is tailored to your business needs and we will provide support when you need it through our legal partner. You will have immediate access to our Forum network, customisable business templates, business resources and a closed group discussion network forum for our members only. All of this will be available through your membership login details that you will be issued with on sign up to the Forum Sole Trader Membership

    Your membership will continue at the exclusive price of £80 per annum* subject to you not employing staff. Should you employ staff, part-time, full-time or temporary you will need to tell us during your membership and we will amend your subscription accordingly so that your staff will be insured under the membership terms and conditions.
  • Member helpline & portal
  • Access to our legal partner***
  • Business Advise, Support & Protect
  • Management Liability Insurance**
  • Free Compliance Guide
  • Free exclusive mini guides
  • 150+ customisable templates
  • Regular newsletters
  • Legislation updates
  • Comprehensive range of business guides*


  • Forum Membership is available for businesses that are established and employ staff, part-time, full-time or temporary.

    A comprehensive membership for your business requirements, receiving business support with Employment Law, Health and Safety, Finance, Procurement and PR to name a few. Immediate access will be available to our Forum partner network who will be able to share their knowledge and advice in some of the most complex of situations you may come across in your business.

    Customisable templates, business guides, resources and a closed group discussion network forum for our members only will also be available through your membership login details that you will be issued with on signing up to a Forum Membership
  • Member helpline & portal
  • Access to our legal partner***
  • Business Advise, Support & Protect
  • Management Liability Insurance**
  • Free Compliance Guide
  • Free exclusive mini guides
  • 150+ customisable templates
  • Regular newsletters
  • Legislation updates
  • Comprehensive range of business guides*


  • Forum Membership is available for businesses that are established and employ staff, part-time, full-time or temporary.

    A comprehensive membership for your business requirements, receiving business support with Employment Law, Health and Safety, Finance, Procurement and PR to name a few. Immediate access will be available to our Forum partner network who will be able to share their knowledge and advice in some of the most complex of situations you may come across in your business.

    Customisable templates, business guides, resources and a closed group discussion network forum for our members only will also be available through your membership login details that you will be issued with on signing up to a Forum Membership
  • Member helpline & portal
  • Access to our legal partner***
  • Business Advise, Support & Protect
  • Management Liability Insurance**
  • Free Compliance Guide
  • Free exclusive mini guides
  • 150+ customisable templates
  • Regular newsletters
  • Legislation updates
  • Comprehensive range of business guides*


  • Forum Membership is available for businesses that are established and employ staff, part-time, full-time or temporary.

    A comprehensive membership for your business requirements, receiving business support with Employment Law, Health and Safety, Finance, Procurement and PR to name a few. Immediate access will be available to our Forum partner network who will be able to share their knowledge and advice in some of the most complex of situations you may come across in your business.

    Customisable templates, business guides, resources and a closed group discussion network forum for our members only will also be available through your membership login details that you will be issued with on signing up to a Forum Membership
  • Member helpline & portal
  • Access to our legal partner***
  • Business Advise, Support & Protect
  • Management Liability Insurance**
  • Free Compliance Guide
  • Free exclusive mini guides
  • 150+ customisable templates
  • Regular newsletters
  • Legislation updates
  • Comprehensive range of business guides*


  • Forum Membership is available for businesses that are established and employ staff, part-time, full-time or temporary.

    A comprehensive membership for your business requirements, receiving business support with Employment Law, Health and Safety, Finance, Procurement and PR to name a few. Immediate access will be available to our Forum partner network who will be able to share their knowledge and advice in some of the most complex of situations you may come across in your business.

    Customisable templates, business guides, resources and a closed group discussion network forum for our members only will also be available through your membership login details that you will be issued with on signing up to a Forum Membership
  • Member helpline & portal
  • Access to our legal partner***
  • Business Advise, Support & Protect
  • Management Liability Insurance**
  • Free Compliance Guide
  • Free exclusive mini guides
  • 150+ customisable templates
  • Regular newsletters
  • Legislation updates
  • Comprehensive range of business guides*


  • Forum Membership is available for businesses that are established and employ staff, part-time, full-time or temporary.

    A comprehensive membership for your business requirements, receiving business support with Employment Law, Health and Safety, Finance, Procurement and PR to name a few. Immediate access will be available to our Forum partner network who will be able to share their knowledge and advice in some of the most complex of situations you may come across in your business.

    Customisable templates, business guides, resources and a closed group discussion network forum for our members only will also be available through your membership login details that you will be issued with on signing up to a Forum Membership
  • Member helpline & portal
  • Access to our legal partner***
  • Business Advise, Support & Protect
  • Management Liability Insurance**
  • Free Compliance Guide
  • Free exclusive mini guides
  • 150+ customisable templates
  • Regular newsletters
  • Legislation updates
  • Comprehensive range of business guides*


  • Forum Membership is available for businesses that are established and employ staff, part-time, full-time or temporary.

    A comprehensive membership for your business requirements, receiving business support with Employment Law, Health and Safety, Finance, Procurement and PR to name a few. Immediate access will be available to our Forum partner network who will be able to share their knowledge and advice in some of the most complex of situations you may come across in your business.

    Customisable templates, business guides, resources and a closed group discussion network forum for our members only will also be available through your membership login details that you will be issued with on signing up to a Forum Membership

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    * Membership pricing displayed is exclusive of VAT and will be added at checkout. Forum Sole Trader Membership of £80 per annum is for sole trader businesses only with zero employees. If your business then employs staff you will need to advise the Forum of Private Business immediately and your membership subscription will be amended.  Staffing numbers are required for insurance purposes. Forum Guides are available at an additional charge subject to Forum Membership subscription criteria.  In order to download templates, you will need to be a member of the Forum of Private Business.
    ** Annual membership covers all directors/principles; there are no hidden costs or fees.
    *** Contact the member helpline on 01565 626001 before acting in any situation which might result in a tribunal to ensure your business is covered by our legal expenses insurance.
    To join us or if you have any further queries please contact our membership advisors on 01565 626001 or email. Full T&C's apply which can be found here.

    Thinking of becoming a member, but have a couple of questions? Ask our Membership Team: